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Leigh Woods is one of Bristol’s most popular stomping grounds for dog walkers. It is the biggest area of woodland in Bristol, covering a 2 square kilometre area and dogs absolutely love it here! Exceptionally brilliant for squirrel chasing.

Starting at the car park – there are a few routes you and your pup can follow – the purple route takes about 45 mins and the red trail takes approximately 30 mins. I would avoid the blue route, as this is a cycle path and can become very busy. Follow the routes through the varied woodland – great for a bit of cover on rainy days, just remember to put your wellies on in winter! Or you can create your own walk and follow the woods around until you reach the stunning panoramic view of Clifton Suspension Bridge.

There are usually Red Devon cattle grazing in the warmer months, but they are very easy going and dogs usually aren’t bothered by them (although they may be curious at first).

The woods are managed by both the National Trust and Forestry Commission England.

The history

‘Rich in memories from the Iron Age family home, through to the 19th century landscape design and the introduction of tree species such as the Giant Redwood, Weymouth Pine and Noble Fir. Leigh Woods was also key in supplying wood for the second world war effort, and played an important role helping people through a time of great conflict.’

National Trust

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